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Agencies to reap billions of dollars from stimulus package

Signed bill retains funding for building maintenance and repairs, energy efficiency projects and information technology upgrades.

Interior chief says agency prepared for stimulus projects

Salazar tells Senate Indian Affairs Committee he’s asked managers to give priority to work that could be started now.

Pressure grows on Obama to alter NASA space proposals

Former government officials advise agency to focus less on space exploration and more on efforts to develop wind and solar energy and to combat global warming.

Pentagon may shift some war costs to base fiscal 2010 budget

An outline of the fiscal 2010 defense budget is expected on Capitol Hill this month after President Obama addresses Congress on Feb. 24.

Negotiators drop E-Verify mandate from stimulus package

Pro-business and pro-immigrant groups hail the removal of language requiring companies to check employees’ immigration status.

Outlook for Defense spending is grim

Significant cuts are unlikely until the economy stabilizes, but weapons programs are unsustainable in the long term, budget observers say.

KBR, Halliburton reach agreement in bribery case

Two firms will pay $579 million in penalties to settle allegations of bribing Nigerian government officials to earn contracts.

From Nextgov.com: Final stimulus bill preserves IT spending, with some exceptions

Electronic health records, broadband and agencies' modernization projects receive big money , while some projects hit the Hill's cutting room floor.

Senate confirms former lobbyist as Defense deputy

William Lynn is approved by a 93-4 vote, while CIA and Labor Department nominations advance.

Officials look to contain FAA information security breach

Agency says it is looking at short- and long-term plans, including offering employees free credit monitoring, to address the problem.